There’s plenty to look forward to in 2014 with best of Bollywood pitted against each other. But before all else, there is the 20th Annual Life Ok Screen Awards.
It was with no small degree of shock that one received the news of actor Farooque Shaikh passing away.
India collectively remembers him as the affable guy in a few of our best loved middle-of-the-road films by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Sai Paranjpye, Satyajit Ray among others.
While the loss of such a fine actor and a superlative gentleman is an occasion for grief, his admirers can take some solace in the fact that his last innings went off quite well.
A little earlier in the year, ‘Chashme Buddoor’, one of the many classics that he was part of, was re- leased along with a remake of the same film! The new redux version by David Dhawan earned well, but it was the original that reminded us that timeless classics are considered classics for a good reason.
The finely crafted and brilliantly performed film continues to occupy a place in the annals of the best of Indian cinema.
‘Club 60′, a film about the loss of a child and coping with life, was well appreciated among critics.
But a little earlier this month, he performed his much admired play, a love story ‘Tumhari Amrita’, at the Taj Literary Festival against the backdrop of Taj Mahal, that ultimate homage to love.
Who would have known that it was to be his last performance and yet, what better place than the immortal symbol of love to stage your life’s last act.
Last year, the industry received a setback when they and mil- lions of cinegoers bid farewell to King of Romance Rajesh Khanna and film-maker Yash Chopra the eternal romantic.
Goodbye sirs, you will be sorely missed in the new year and beyond.